Wacky weather, wild mushrooms!

Greetings, frosty friends!

We hope you’ve been safe and warm throughout the frigid days of late Dec and early 2018!

<<Fresh Wild Mushroom Alert!>>
Have you seen these beauties blossoming from the old hardwoods in your yard, woodlot, or neighbourhood? The sudden rise in temperature has prompted a local flush of what some call “Autumn Oysters” or “Olive Oysterlings”: we’ve spotted them at a nearby post office, just off the sidewalk in a local town, not to mention several ‘drive-by’ sightings! A delicious local edible, these  hearty mushrooms are perfect candidates for stir fries and soups, and dry down excellently for future enjoyment. You’d be hard pressed to confuse these ‘shrooms for any “lookalike” species, especially at this time of year!

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Late Autumn Oysters (Panellus serotinas)

Key features: These gilled mushrooms are light drab-brown to olive green in colour, sometimes with a purpleish or blueish edge (especially after a frost). Usually found growing in clusters, with no stems, they’re not noted for having a particularly unique smell. We usually find them devouring old dead hardwoods, particularly maple and beech.

As always, exercise good practices when trying new foods, especially when identifying wildcrafted edibles! Make sure to refer to multiple current sources in order to confirm your ID and be sure to save a sample of anything you eat. You’re responsible for your own safety!

Let this be a reminder of the resilience and ubiquity of our dear fungi friends — cheers to the wild everywhere!

 

 

 

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Mushrooms in December

Hey folks!

The cooling weather may have slowed down mushroom fruitings, but the forests still host an abundance of unseen fungal activity. Spores swirl, seeking suitable substrate for future growth, mycelium and their hosts change gears and tuck in for the cold season.

With fewer leaves on the trees and the herbaceous undergrowth giving over to frost, it becomes easier to spot shelf-shaped mushrooms adorning trunks and branches; among these are some of our best local edible and health-promoting species.

This weekend we’ll be at the annual special winter holiday edition of the Annapolis Royal Farmers and Traders Market! PLEASE NOTE THE NEW LOCATION!

When: December 2, 2017, 9am-3pm

Where: Champlain Elementary School — 109 North Street, Granville Ferry

This is your chance to bring home some delicious dried mushrooms: the special ingredient to take your seasonal cooking to new heights! We’ve got lovingly homegrown shiitakes and oysters, and a complement of amazing wild species (always locally and ethically wildcrafted, of course), to bring you that feeling of satisfaction and connection to nature that only ‘shrooms can offer!

Download this flyer as a pdf here

We’re also fully stocked up on health-promoting mushroom tinctures, available individually or as a gift set (which collects all three tinctures in a wooden gift box, stained with our Chaga ink!). Chaga, Turkey Tail, and Reishi are all known for providing immune system support, which might be just what you need to keep your engine tuned up throughout the chilly months.

 

For the artists among us, of course, we’ve got Chaga ink on hand — nontoxic, biodegradable and unique, this could be just the thing to bring an untamed element to your your palette!

To bring it all together, share warm thoughts and feelings with a notecard featuring mushroom art from the incredible LeyAnn Meau.

If you miss us in (near) Annapolis Royal on Dec 2nd, you’ll have another chance in Digby on December 9 & 10! It’s our first year doing a holiday event in Digby — if you’re in the area, make sure to drop by and say hi!

What: Digby Scallop Days 5th Annual Christmas Craft Show

When: December 9, 10am-6pm AND December 10, 10am-4pm

Where: Digby Elementary School — 20 Shreve St, Digby

Wishing you warmth and joy throughout the season!

Kick out the jams & boost your health with Mushrooms!

Hey all!

Now’s your chance to catch our popular “Mushrooms For Health” presentation. This will be our concluding “Mushroom Monday” of the year(!), so come out to learn which of our amazing local species can benefit you, how to get the most out of your mushrooms, and to discover links between your own health and nearby wilds!

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Speaking of which, don’t wait to register for our final guided mushroom walks for the season — Sept 27th and Oct 1st!

Grow your relationships with the fascinating fungal characters to be found all around you — join us, won’t you?

 

Chaga on amazing birch

P.S. The summer Annapolis Royal Farmers & Traders Market is drawing to a close — make sure to visit us to stock up on your dried home-grown and seasonal wild mushrooms, health-promoting mushroom tinctures, mushroom-inspired art cards, and artists’ ink!

 

Don’t Miss Out — Come for a Mushroom Walk!

Hello everyone!

It’s that time of of the year: you practically can’t move without seeing mushrooms! Here at Fundy Spores we’re relishing this overlap between late-summer species and the early onset of some autumn varieties.

Of course, this window won’t last forever — join us for a mushroom walk before it’s too late!

We’re currently registering for Wild Wednesdays and Sunday Saunters! On guided mushroom walks in Annapolis County,  we will seek out edible and health-promoting species, and discuss the potential artistic uses and important ecological roles of the various specimens we encounter.

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To keep group size manageable, we suggest contacting us soon to reserve your preferred date. If you would like to organize a group walk on a different date (on your land or a favorite local trail), reach out and we’ll work with you to make it happen!

Details:
Wild Wednesday Walks & Sunday Saunters
5:30-7pm on Wednesdays, 12-1:30pm Sundays
September 17, 20, 27, & October 1st
Location: All walks are scheduled for the Deep Brook area: we will meet in the parking lot at the Fundy YMCA (1043 Hwy 1, “Cornwallis”) and then drive together to the nearby hiking trail.
Cost: $35 per person. Group rate, for 6 or more participants, is $30/person. Maximum group size is 10 people.
Terrain will be mild-medium in difficulty. Registrants should wear good walking shoes and have confidence in navigating tree roots, rocks, moss, and other aspects of typical Nova Scotia forest trails.
Payment can be made via Interac email (fundyspores AT gmail DOT com) or in person (cash only, please) at the Annapolis Royal Farmers and Traders Market. Payment must be received to complete registration and hold your space.

To sign up via email, please contact us and include the following information:
– Your name (and number in your party, if registering for a group)
– Preferred date of walk (Sept 17, 20, 27, Oct 1st)
– Your method of payment (Interac security code if paying by email, or request to arrange payment in person).

We would like to ensure Fundy Spores workshops and events are as inclusive as possible. If you have physical mobility restrictions, and/or require assistance (e.g. an attending carer, interpreter, or assistance animal),  please do get in touch and we will make our best effort to accommodate you.

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There’s only a few more weeks left, so come by and visit us at the Annapolis Royal Farmers & Traders Market to pick up seasonal mushrooms for your favorite late summer/early autumn dishes, your copy of the latest edition of Mycomania, mushroom ink for artists, and of course, health-promoting mushroom tinctures!

Hikes and Spikes: it’s fall on the East Coast!

Hi folks!

Last night’s Wild Wednesday was a fantastic adventure into a local forest; we found hedgehog (AKA  “sweet tooth” or “bellybutton”) mushrooms and spotted a quintessential quill pig*!

The fungi were abundant, and it was a joyful experience — if you’d like to join us next time, get in touch soon to reserve your place!

**Special Announcement** We’ve added a “Sunday Saunter” for Sept 10th at 12pm (noon), weather permitting. To sign up, drop us an email or visit our table at the Annapolis Royal Farmers and Traders Market this Saturday (Sept 9th).

Learn what features of mushrooms make each species unique, discover some of our local edible, health-promoting, and otherwise fascinating fungi, and maybe even visit with some of our wilder neighbours.

Don’t miss out! The time is right to catch this season’s splendor, and (as though this needs saying), we can’t expect the weather to always cooperate.

Word nerds unite:  we spied a nicely “squamulose”  (featuring small scales) young  Destroying Angel, along with others ranging from buttons to fully-grown specimens.

Full details for our Mushroom Walks series:

Wild Wednesday Walks & Sunday Saunters
**NEW TIMES* 5:30-7 on Wednesdays, 12-1:30pm on Sundays
Throughout the month of September (excluding Sunday Sept 24th)
Various locations in Annapolis County. We will meet at an easily-identified location and proceed to the hiking trail as a group.
Cost: $35 per person. Group rate, for 6 or more participants, is $30/person. Maximum group size is 10 people.
Terrain will be mild-medium in difficulty. Registrants should wear good walking shoes and have confidence in navigating tree roots, rocks, moss, and other aspects of typical Nova Scotia forest trails.
Payment can be made via Interac email (fundyspores AT gmail DOT com) or in person (cash only, please) at the Annapolis Royal Farmers and Traders market. Payment must be received to complete registration and hold your space.

To sign up via email, please respond and include the following information:
– Your name (and number in your party, if registering for a group)
– Preferred date of walk and/or preferred location (e.g. “Close to Bridgetown” or “Close to Bear River”) if applicable.
– Your method of payment (Interac security code if paying by email, or request to arrange payment in person).

We would like to ensure Fundy Spores workshops and events are as inclusive as possible. If you have physical mobility restrictions, and/or require assistance (e.g. an attending carer, interpreter, or assistance animal),  please do contact us and we will make our best effort to accommodate you.

*porcupine

Walk with us on the wild side!

Hello everyone!

Exciting news — we are now registering for Wild Wednesdays! Each week in September we are offering guided mushroom walks in Annapolis County (various locations). Together we will seek out edible and health-promoting species, and discuss the potential artistic uses and important ecological roles of the various specimens we encounter.

To keep group size manageable, we suggest contacting us soon to reserve your preferred date. If Wednesdays don’t work for you, write us anyway and let us know when you’d like to go out. If we receive enough interest, we will add dates!

**SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT**
September 6th’s walk will be held in the Deep Brook area: We will meet in the parking lot at the Fundy YMCA (1043 Hwy 1, “Cornwallis”) and then drive together to the nearby hiking trail at 6pm.

Details:
Wild Wednesday Walks
6-7:30pm
September 6, 13, 20, 27
Various locations in Annapolis County. We will meet at an easily-identified location and proceed to the hiking trail as a group.
Cost: $35 per person. Group rate, for 6 or more participants, is $30/person. Maximum group size is 10 people.
Terrain will be mild-medium in difficulty. Registrants should wear good walking shoes and have confidence in navigating tree roots, rocks, moss, and other aspects of typical Nova Scotia forest trails.
Payment can be made via Interac email (fundyspores AT gmail DOT com) or in person (cash only, please) at the Annapolis Royal Farmers and Traders market. Payment must be received to complete registration and hold your space.

To sign up via email, please respond and include the following information:
– Your name (and number in your party, if registering for a group)
– Preferred date of walk (Sept 6, 13, 20, 27) and/or preferred location (e.g. “Close to Bridgetown” or “Close to Bear River”) if applicable.
– Your method of payment (Interac security code if paying by email, or request to arrange payment in person).

We would like to ensure Fundy Spores workshops and events are as inclusive as possible. If you have physical mobility restrictions, and/or require assistance (e.g. an attending carer, interpreter, or assistance animal),  please do contact us and we will make our best effort to accommodate you.

Looking for friendly fall fungi?

Hi folks!

Thanks to everyone who dropped by the Medway Community Forest Co-Op‘s first annual Forest Products Market this weekend! We had a great time & saw some fantastic work by local artisans!

This summer’s been a busy one, and we’ve heard from a lot of folks that they would like us to re-run our “Making Friends with Mushrooms” workshop — so please join us on August 28th for an encore presentation of this beginner-friendly talk and Q&A!

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(Download a pdf for your fridge or community board here: Mushroom Mondays Poster August)

Highlighting local species that are easy to identify (including some excellent edible and medicinal mushrooms), “Making Friends with Mushrooms” aims to take some of the fear out of wildcrafting, and to encourage an active relationship with your local forest fungi.

In other news, we’ve sold out of Issue #1 of Mycomania! Don’t miss out, grab your copy of our Prohibition-themed Summer edition before it’s too late!

We’d also like to give a shout out to all the lovely people who’ve come by our market table with photos (and in some cases, examples) of mushrooms to show us. Your enthusiasm for chanterelles, chicken-of-the-woods, fly agarics, corals, and other local species is wonderful!

Want a peek at the mushrooms we’ve been seeing lately? Check out some of these beauties!

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Now that we’re getting deeper into this region’s main mushroom season, look forward to “Wild Wednesdays” — each week, an excursion into the nearby woodlands to discover the diversity of local edible, health-promoting, and other fascinating fungi! Early registrants may have a chance to influence where the week’s walk will be held, so book now to save your place. Also, be sure to contact us if you would like to host a group walk (up to 10 people — bring 5, and you participate for free!) in your woodlot or local park this autumn. All of our walks are $35/person.

Don’t forget to drop by and see us each week at the Annapolis Royal Farmers & Traders Market, Saturdays from 8-1 in the market square: it’s your chance to indulge in a cup of Chaga tea, re-stock your tinctures, pick up some delicious local mushrooms, and add new colour to your palette with our earth-friendly artists’ ink!

Hope to see you in Bear River on Monday!

Mushroom Monday & Mycomania #2 – Tomorrow!

Hey everyone!

Don’t forget : Monday July 31st (tomorrow) is Mushroom Monday! This month’s topic is “Mushrooms and Art“. Local species that can be used by artists, the numerous and varied ways fungi are featured in art-making, and the holistic benefits of fungi and art will be highlighted!

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We’re also pleased to announce this will also be the launch of Mycomania #2, the Summer issue!

Mycomania #2 cover photo for web

Hope to see you there!

 

The Artful Mushroom

Hi Everyone!

We’re happy to announce that this month’s Mushroom Monday topic is “Mushrooms & Art”! Join us in Bear River to learn about all kinds of ways mushrooms are used in various art practices, local species that can be beneficial to artists, and how fungi and art can be part of holistic self-care practice.

For inspiration, check out this beautiful piece by our dear friend LeyAnn Meau (the radical artist behind our logo, the drawings of the mushrooms on our labels, and the greeting cards we have at our market table):

“Good Ideas”

Interested in using mushrooms in your own art practice? The black and brown inks LeyAnn used are our very own Tippler’s Bane and Chaga Mycomediums.

Hope to see you on Monday, July 31st!

(Need a copy of the poster for your fridge or community bulletin board? Download the pdf here: Mushroom Mondays Poster July)